As many Clearwater families know, dementia doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed.
Caregivers, family members and friends are also impacted, and caregiving is often required 24 hours each day, 365 days each year.
So it’s fitting that Clearwater caregivers are among the honorees for the Investors Group Virtual Walk for Alzheimer’s. The innovative fundraising event for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. allows residents to get involved online.
All they have to do is visit www.walkforalzheimers.ca and sign up for a Virtual Walk.
Residents can then take a stroll with family and friends on Sunday, May 1 and collect pledges, or make a donation to the campaign.
Residents can also participate in-person at Walks in Barriere and Kamloops.
The Virtual Walk is provincewide, and uses the theme “Make memories matter.”
“Memories make us who we are,” says the society’s special events officer, Daphne Tsai. “When you walk, you honor those who have passed and support our work to help provide help and hope for those living with the disease today.
Funds raised support programs and services in the community that:
• improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and for their families
• support other activities like education and public awareness
Walk for Alzheimer’s is Canada’s biggest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Already approximately 747,000 Canadians have the disease, with 70,000 of them living in British Columbia. That number will nearly double in the next 20 years.
Residents who are interested in starting a Walk in the community next year can contact Daphne Tsai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on local resources to help families live well with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, visit www.alzheimerbc.org.